Nicole Dickson Named Preseason All-Conference USA
Oct. 8, 2012
IRVING, Texas - - Senior forward Nicole Dickson has been voted to the Conference USA Preseason All-Conference team and the Tigers were picked to finish fifth it was announced by the league office Monday. In a vote of the league coaches, Dickson, who was a second team-all-conference honoree at the end of last season, earns her first preseason award. Dickson was Memphis' second-leading scorer and rebounder last season (13.5 points, 8.3 rebounds) and became the Tigers' 22nd player in school history to pass the 1,000 point mark. She also set a school record last season with seven consecutive games with a double-double, finishing with 10 double-doubles on the season.
Memphis returns two starters and six letterwinners from last year's 25-8 squad, highlighted by Dickson and junior point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. The Tigers have added eight newcomers to that six-player core, but are awaiting word from the NCAA on two separate waiver requests to gain eligibility for transfers Jamila Ajanaku and Pa'Sonna Hope. Ajanaku would be a senior guard who transferred back to her hometown Tigers from Middle Tennessee and Hope would be a junior post who transferred to Memphis from Ole Miss this summer. Those two players are additions to a recruiting class that was ranked No. 39 in the nation by ESPN's Hoopgurlz.com.
The Tigers, who have won 20 or more games in three straight seasons, were picked to finish fifth in the coaches' poll. Tulane was picked to win the league, with UTEP and UAB picked to finish second and third. Rice was picked to finish fourth and Tulsa was picked to finish sixth. Southern Miss, SMU, UCF, Houston, East Carolina and Marshall round out the preseason predictions.
Rice's Jessica Kuster is the league's preseason player of the year and joins Dickson, SMU's Akil Simpson, USM's Jamierra Faulkner, Tulane's Olivia Grayson, Tulsa's Taleya Mayberry, UAB's Karisma Chapman and UTEP's Kayla Thornton on the pre-season all-conference team.
The Tigers open their 2012-13 season on Nov. 3rd with an exhibition game against Rhodes College. They open their regular season in the Preseason WNIT against Grambling State on Nov. 9th in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Fans can get a first peek at the 2012-13 Memphis women's basketball team on Friday as part of Memphis Madness festivities. The women's team will be on the floor at 5:30 p.m. when the doors open and will be introduced to the fans in attendance at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Conference USA Women's Basketball Preseason Team Nicole Dickson Memphis 6-0 Sr. F Greeneville, Tenn./Greeneville HS Jessica Kuster Rice 6-2 Jr. F San Antonio, Texas/Reagan HS Akil Simpson SMU 6-0 Jr. F Duncanville, Texas/Duncanville HS Jamierra Faulkner USM 5-6 Jr. PG West Palm Beach, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy Olivia Grayson Tulane 5-8 Jr. G Metarie, La./Archbishop Capelle HS Taleya Mayberry Tulsa 5-6 Sr. G Tulsa, Okla./Booker T Washington HS Karisma Chapman UAB 5-11 Jr. F Calumet City, Ill./T.F. North HS Kayla Thorton UTEP 6-1 Jr. F El Paso, Texas/Irvin HS